It’s Akbar Gbajabiamila’s birthday!!! The energetic, enthusiastic, pun-loving host of American Ninja Warrior is 42 today and we’re taking a moment to celebrate him.
Akbar joined American Ninja Warrior as a host back in season five. He brought an infectious sense of wonder and awe to the show as he called the runs. He was truly impressed by the competitors at every turn and it showed. Since then, he’s become the king of the puns, and the nick-namer of Ninjas. (You should go back and listen to our interview with Akbar from his book launch. He gives so much wonderful perspective on joining the show.)
Where would American Ninja Warrior be without “I see you” and “ Keep those L’s”?
For Matt Iseman’s birthday, we dug back through old photos of him. Now, it’s Akbar’s turn. So we fired up the good old Getty account, poured some coffee, and started clicking!
Below, enjoy some wonderful photos of Akbar that capture who our beloved host is in front of and away from the camera.
Did you know Akbar was a contestant on “Expedition: Impossible”? He was on a team named... wait for it... The Football Players.
We had to honor his NFL days!
There is ample evidence through the years of Akbar possessing an on-point sense of style.
Awww, look at him back in season six with Matt! These two are pure joy.
Feeling the casual look back in Miami.
Giving Giuliana Rancic some red carpet posing tips.
Remember when Akbar threw the first pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies? It was glorious and you should watch it again right this very instant.
But seriously, LOOK at this style!
But in a moment, Akbar will toss his coat to the side and get to work on the obstacles! Because that’s the kind of genuine guy he is.
See what we mean?
Here he is with Maria Menounos and a cute dog because we felt like adding it in. That’s all.
Happy birthday, Akbar! Thank you for all you bring to the American Ninja Warrior community!